Hong Kong snares record haul of rhino horns from South Africa

Hong Kong customs seized a record 40 kg (88 pounds) of rhino horns worth around HK$8 million ($1 million) from Johannesburg en route to Vietnam, the latest bust for authorities trying to tackle the rising volume of endangered species trafficked through the Chinese territory.

U.S. court dismisses Energy Transfer Partners lawsuit against Greenpeace

A federal court in North Dakota has dismissed a lawsuit from Energy Transfer Partners LP against environmental group Greenpeace, according to a court order on Thursday.

U.S. issues new rules requiring rail oil spill response plans

The U.S. Transportation Department on Thursday issued final rules requiring railroads to develop oil spill response plans and to disclose details of shipments to states and tribal governments after a series of high-profile incidents.

China blocks new solar in 3 NW regions amid overcapacity fears

China’s energy regulator will block new solar power projects in far western Gansu, Xinjiang and Tibet this year after the regions reached their capacity limits, it said in a notice late on Thursday.

Colorado man who strangled mountain lion describes life-or-death struggle

A 31-year-old man who fended off and suffocated a mountain lion when it attacked him on a Colorado jogging trail last week described on Thursday how he killed the big cat by stepping on its throat during a life-and-death struggle.

Five companies bid to supply New York with offshore wind power

Five companies, including Norway’s Equinor, Denmark’s Orsted and France’s EDF have submitted bids to supply offshore wind power to the New York state, the companies said on Thursday.

Monster mudslides, water rescues as storm punishes California

Motorists swam for their lives and residents were rescued from homes sliding downhill as the wettest winter storm of the year triggered floods and mudslides across California on Thursday.

Colombia must strictly monitor ‘fracking’ pilot projects: panel

Colombia must implement strict monitoring of three pilot projects that will mark its first foray into “fracking,” an expert commission said on Thursday, before deciding whether the controversial technique for extracting oil and gas can be widely used.

U.S.-owned utility to close two coal plants, in blow to Trump

The Tennessee Valley Authority voted on Thursday to close two aging coal-fired power plants, including one supplied by a company led by a major supporter of President Donald Trump, who had urged the U.S.-owned utility to keep it open.